I didn’t believe in Auburn.
Not at the beginning of the season. Not in the middle. And not in the Iron Bowl.
My father-in-law, a proud Auburn grad whose entire wardrobe is blue and orange, recently reminded me that I told him in August that Auburn would win six games.
Think about that.
Seriously, there was no way to accurately predict Auburn’s success the year after the Tigers were 3-9 and went 0-8 in the SEC. Even he was unsure how the Tigers would do this year.
There were new coaches, new systems and new players.
At 12-1, they’ve doubled my predicted win total and now face Florida State in tonight’s BCS National Championship game, thanks to several factors:
And then there are the two plays you can’t help but see every time you watch ESPN — much to the chagrin of Georgia and Alabama fans — that sent Auburn to the most improbable wins.
Florida State (13-0) has had a less arduous road to the title game, smashing even the best teams (see a 51-14 crushing of Clemson, which was No. 3 at the time and just won the Orange Bowl).
Crazy Stat of the Day: Florida State has not trailed in a game since SEPTEMBER – a span of 571:49 game time. (via @ESPNStatsInfo)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 6, 2014
The Seminoles are heavily favored over Auburn, but the Tigers are undaunted.
They have beaten five ranked teams, including the one that occupied the No. 1 spot before FSU climbed to the top.
Auburn’s great season has made a believer out of me, but not to the point where I think they’ll beat the Seminoles.
Prediction: FSU 34, Auburn 24
What do y’all think?
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